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Big Bend Closed After COVID-19 Case Reported

National Park Service

Big Bend National Park and Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River will be closed to all visitors until further notice after a positive case for COVID-19 was reported in the park residential community, the National Park Service said.

The park is acting according to a COVID-19 operations plan developed alongside public health professionals. The park will close to public entry July 2. No entry will be allowed into the park, except to employees, residents, and other authorized persons. Through traffic will be prohibited, as will travel on Terlingua Ranch Road within park boundaries.

Katmai NP Reopens Brooks Camp for Day Use

National Park Service

Katmai National Park and Preserve, located in Alaska, reopened the Brooks Camp Developed Area to day-use-visitation, the National Parks Service said.

The Brooks Camp Visitor Center will be open daily from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Visitors should expect modified operations in the area due to concerns related to Covid-19. Overnight accommodations both at the Brooks Camp Lodge and campground remain closed.

Padre National Sea Shore Closed for July 4th Weekend

National Park Service

Padre Island National Seashore, located in Texas, will be temporarily closing for this weekend, the National Park Service said.

The park will be closed to all visitors beginning at 8 p.m. July 2, until 6 a.m., July 7. Access to all park beaches and overnight beach camping will resume at that time. Malaquite Visitor Center, Malaquite Campground, and Bird Island Basin Campground will remain closed until further notice.

Gateway Arch National Park Resumes Tram Rides

National Park Service

On July 8 Gateway Arch National Park will reopen access to the tram ride to the top, the documentary movie, and outdoor National Park Service programming, the National Park Service said.
Outdoor spaces at Gateway Arch National Park remain accessible to the public. The Arch Visitor Center, Museum at the Gateway Arch, the Arch Store and Cafe opened during Phase 1 reopening. The Old Courthouse remains closed. 

Grand Canyon Limits Use of Phantom Ranch Through 2021

National Park Service

The National Park Service modified operations at Grand Canyon’s Phantom Ranch through 2021 due to guidance from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the park service said.

The Phantom Ranch Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at the bottom of Grand Canyon, requires critical rehabilitation due to deferred maintenance and increased visitation levels. NPS will limit overnight use and existing visitor facilities at Phantom Ranch

Yellowstone Visitor Gored by Bison

National Park Service

A 72-year-old woman was gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park after she came within 10 feet of the animal multiple times, the National Park Service said.

She was trying to take the animals picture, according to officials. People should stay at least 25 yards away from bison, the park service advises.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Modifies Services

National Park Service

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, located in Alaska, will offer modified visitor services and operation hours beginning July 1, the National Park Service said.

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Campgrounds Reopen

National Park Service

Visitors will soon be able to camp at Canyonlands and Arches National Park, the National Park Service said.

On July 1, first-come/first-served camping may resume at Canyonlands NP's Island in the Sky and The Needles districts campgrounds.

On July 19, camping may resume at Devils Garden Campground at Arches National Park. All standard campsites and both group sites will be fully reservable through or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Reopens

National Park Service

On July 1, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located in North Dakota, will reopen the South Unit Visitor Center in Medora for information services and bookstore sales, the National Park Service said.

The North Unit, South Unit, and Elkhorn Ranch Units are all open for recreational access. Additionally, the following facilities and spaces are open and accessible: all trails and trailheads, all picnic areas, all toilet facilities, backcountry camping (permit available on park website), and all North and South Unit roads with the exception of road failure section.

Grand Canyon North Rim Open for Day Use

National Park Service

The entrance gate to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park opened June 30 for day use only, and visitors are encouraged to be self-sufficient as services may be limited following the Mangum Fire, the National Park Service said. 

The North Rim Visitor Center and campground will remain closed until further notice. The Grand Canyon Lodge, Food and Beverage Services, General Store, Trail Rides, Gift Shop, and the Grand Canyon Conservancy Bookstore will remain closed with opening dates yet to be determined. The North Rim Backcountry Information Center is open, however, no new backcountry permits will be issued. 

Death Valley National Park Reopens

National Park Service

Beginning June 26th, Death Valley National Park will reopen roads, trailheads, restrooms, and overlooks, the National Park Service said.

Backcountry roads will also reopen, including roads to Saline Valley, the Racetrack, and Titus Canyon. Devils Hole, a detached unit of the park located in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, will also reopen.

Muir Woods NM Reopens

National Park Service

Muir Woods National Monument is restoring recreational access and some visitor services, the National Park Service said.
On June 29, Muir Woods reopened from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Parking requires an advanced reservation. Park entrance fee collection, as well as limited food and gift services, will be open. Visitors must make parking reservations through ahead of their visit.

Hiker Dies On Grand Canyon Trail

National Park Service

On June 24, a woman died from heat related cause while hiking in the Grand Canyon, the National Park Service said.

 The victim, Catherine Houe, 49, of Daly City, California was hiking into the canyon to spend the night at Phantom Ranch. After hiking four miles down the South Kaibab Trail she became dizzy, disoriented, and then stopped breathing, according to her husband and a friend. On June 24 the high temperature at Phantom Ranch was approximately 114° F (46° C).

Zion National Park Shuttle Service and Fees Reume

National Park Service

Zion National Park shuttle service will resume on July 1, the National Park Service said.

The park will also resume collecting entrance fees. To protect public health, all buses have been modified to meet COVID-19 guidelines. The modified buses carry a smaller number of passengers per trip and Zion is working with to provide tickets for the shuttle.

Fire Restrictions at Glen Canyon NRA

National Park Service

Due to dry, hot conditions, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, located in Utah and Arizona, implemented Stage 2 fire restrictions on June 25, the National Park Service said.

The restrictions will stay in place until further notice. Under restrictions, NPS prohibited all wood-burning and charcoal fire use, except in provided rings or structures at campgrounds and picnic areas.

Dinosaur NM Reopens Visitor Centers and Quarry

National Park Service

On June 30, Dinosaur National Monument will reopen the Canyon Visitor Center near Dinosaur, Colorado and the Quarry Visitor Center and Quarry Exhibit Hall near Jensen, Utah, the National Park Service said.

The visitor centers will be open 9 am to 5 pm daily and the exhibit hall 9 am to 4:45 pm daily for this summer. Theaters in the monument visitor centers will remain closed at this time and the film will not be available. Visitors will be able to access exhibits, a staffed information desk, and sales outlets for the Intermountain Natural History Association.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Reopen Camp Grounds

National Park Service

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are increasing recreational access to include three campgrounds and limited concession services, the National Park Service said.
Beginning July 6, visitors can camp at Potwisha, Lodgepole and Sunset campgrounds with reservations only. The reservation site went live on June 29. Reservations for these three campgrounds will be available through summer, with more campgrounds being added as conditions allow in the coming weeks and months.

Yellowstone NP Hiker Injured by Bear While Hiking Alone

National Park Service

National Park visitors should always hike in groups of two or three, the National Park Service said, after a woman was injured by a grizzly bear while hiking alone.
On June 22, a 37-year-old woman, age 37, sustained a minor injury from a female grizzly bear while hiking alone on a trail near Old Faithful.

Cumberland National Seashore Increases Access to Beach

National Park Service

On June 26, Cumberland Island National Seashore, located in Georgia, will reopen access to a number of services including the ferry service, mainland visitor centers, bike and cart rentals, the National Park Service said.

A return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited.

Morristown NHP Increases Access to Park

National Park Service

Morristown National Historic Park, located in New Jersey, reopened access to Fort Nonsense Area, parking lots to 100 percent, reopened the entire Tour Road at Jockey Hollow to vehicular traffic, and expanded the park grounds summer hours to 8 am - 8 pm, the National Park Service said.

Certain restrictions remain in place.

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